From the Economic Development Desk of the
February 20, 2019
You are receiving this email because your organization is at one of the economic development tiers  with the Chamber of Commerce. As always, we encourage your comments and questions.
Welcome to February's update! Below is a snapshot of activities staff has been involved with since the last update...
  • Reviewed the former Alpena Power Company site with a developer
  • Met with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation regarding potential projects in Alpena and Rogers City
  • Met with and provided an activity report to the Presque Isle Economic Development Corporation board
  • Discussed available properties in downtown Alpena with a developer
  • Provided an Economic Development update for Talk of the Town on WBKB
  • Met with Habitat regarding updates to their building
  • Met with our loan committee to review a loan request
  • Served as the moving company for our annual dinner!

A Message from Economic Development Director, Jim Klarich...

First, a BIG thank you to all of you who came out and supported this year's annual dinner. It’s amazing to see so many people who contribute to our community in one place at one time.

In spite of our past successes, we still have some pretty lofty ambitions for 2019. Developing the former Alpena Power Company site is one goal, advancing other building improvements downtown is another, and getting a deal done on the former Kmart building is yet another. But that's not all. The list is long, but we’re committed and we will persevere. When spring finally breaks our way and we can take our vehicles out of four wheel drive, we’ll see new developments taking shape all around town, the hospital will break ground on their $59 million dollar addition, the new jail, new terminal at the airport, the assisted living center on Johnson Street, the rehabilitation of Van Lare Hall at ACC, Northland Credit Union’s new headquarters, the addition at Crossroads Plaza, W.G. Benjey’s manufacturing facility, and the new dentist office at Diamond Point name just some of the projects you will see in the very near future.

Plan to see lots of construction in and around the region. It's going to be a very exciting 2019! Our role in each of these projects varies from very involved to less involved, but the work we do to continue to push the region forward goes beyond involvement with specific projects. We help pave the way for developments and will continue that work.

Our Newest Staff Member, Valerie Skorupski
You may have already met our newest addition to the team - Valerie Skorupski. Valerie is the Membership Director for the Chamber of Commerce. Her role consists of recruiting and retention, but also moving members up in tiers and educating members and non-members about our economic development and advocacy work. She has really hit the ground running and is working hard to meet our members, getting to know your businesses. She is scheduling meetings with our higher tier members and gathering valuable input from them. Reach out to her to welcome her, or wait to hear from her! Her email is

One Final Comment
We are THRILLED with the support we are receiving this year from our membership. Several have moved up in the tier structure, stating they support the work we do and believe it is important to the vibrancy/health of the community. We appreciate all of your continued support. It helps us continue to grow our value/service to the community. THANK YOU!
We would like to recognize the following members who have made commitments to move up in tiers for 2019:

Propane Plus Inc., MI Stop Citgo - Partner Level
Suez - Sponsor Level
Sponsored by
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Chairman Level ($3,201+)
Alpena Agency, Inc.
Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union
Alpena Community College
Alpena County
Alpena Power Company
Alpena Township
Besser Foundation
City of Alpena
H.P.C. Credit Union
Huntington Bank
Lappan Agency
Presque Isle County
Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-Op

Leader Level ($3,200)    
Edward Jones - Marc Ferguson, Charles R. Ingle, Pamela Kirchoff, Andrew Kowalski, Bryan Strong
MidMichigan Health
Partner Level ($1,500) 
Alpena Public Schools
Bannan Funeral Home
Besser Company
Chemical Bank
Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan
Downtown Development Authority
Decorative Panels International
DTE Energy
Employment Services Inc. (ESI)
The Home Depot
ITC Holdings, Corp.
LeFave Pharmacy
Northland Area Federal Credit Union
Pennzoil Ten Minute Oil Change Center of Alpena
PNC Bank
Propane Plus Inc., MI Stop Citgo
Ripley and State Street Auto Washes
Star Staffing Alpena
Timm Construction Company, LLC
Wolverine State Credit Union
Sponsor Level ($475)
Alcona Health Center
Allegra Alpena
Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Alpena Beverage Company
Alpena Biorefinery
Alpena Community Credit Union
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
Alpena Events Complex
Alpena Glass Company, Inc.
Alpena News Publishing Company
Alpena Supply Company
Art Van Furniture/Young Appliance
Austin Brothers' Beer Company
Ball Tire
Banner Realty
Bedrock Contracting and Excavating
Besser Senior Living Community, Inc.
Boldrey, Senchuk, Rouleau & Williams, CPA's, PC
Bolenz Jewelry
Century 21 Crow Realty
Cliff Anschuetz Chevrolet Inc.
Consumers Energy
Control Solutions Inc
Cutting Edge Construction
Days Inn of Alpena
Dean Arbour Ford Lincoln
Downtown Union 76 LLC
Everett Goodrich, Inc.
Fiber Char
H&R Block
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Huron Engineering & Surveying
Industrial Image, Inc.
Neiman's Family Market
Northern Eye
Omega Electric & Sign Company Inc.
Ossineke Industries
Ossineke Township
Plowman's Collision Service
R.A. Townsend Company
R.S. Scott Associates, Inc.
Ramada Alpena
ServiceMaster Home & Office
Sherwin Williams
SkyWest Airlines
Specification Stone Products
Spectrum Enterprise
Straley Lamp & Kraenzlein P.C.
Switzer Veterinary Clinic
Tarkington Family Dentistry
Team Elmer's
The Drug Store
Thunder Bay Accounting
Thunder Bay Electric, Inc.
Thunder Bay Family Dentistry
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Thunder Bay Tree Services, LLC
True North Radio Network
W.G. Benjey Inc./S&A Company
Werth Development, LLC
White, Wojda and Curtis
Wolf Family Dentistry